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Hello Laz,

thank You for resurrecting this thread.

unfortunately I had no time for completing this project since my wife and I had a baby last February.

At the moment it's almost painted but some work still is missing before decalling.

All the bits are already ready including a whole set of home made stenciling.

So it's just a matter of time and it'll be ready. After my summer holiday's I'll be on it again.

Be patient 

Giovanni 

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Hello,

I found some time to go on with the Dagger.

 

So the situation is the following:

 

 

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ADC Gray: Mr Hobby H61 + White + a drop of blue.

Artic Orange: Mr Hobby H-23 lightened with Tamya Orange X-6 and some Mr Hobby Yellow H329.

The color tends to red but in the pictures I took tends to orange. I found some difficulties taking pictures.

Look at the first two for a better corrispondence.

 

This evening I overspryed all with a layer of the excellent Mr Color GX-100.

 

More will come

 

Thank You for watching and leaving comments.

 

Bye

 

Giovanni 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 11/3/2021 at 1:20 PM, SERNAK said:

Beautiful work so far Giovanni!

Keep up the good work:thumbsup:

 

Hello dear collegues,


thank You Sernak I'm happy my color mix recipe is turning helpful!

 

 

Today's update:

 

the decalling process started yesterday night.

I'm using items from many different decal sheets:

 

I've started from the beautifull tail markings.

The serial comes from the excellent Turkish Hobbytime 72002 sheet (I've combined two serials to get this specific one). 

The checkered rudder and the Air defence command (eagle&shield) badge come from nr. 72002 Fundekals sheet.

The outstanding unit ribbons come from Caracal 72018 sheet. Note one was partially ripped by wind action so I've cutted a piece away.

To conclude 57th fis badge (the knight helmet) is a custom designed and laser printed decal.

 

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More will come later bye

 

Giovanni

 

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Thank You guys for the nice comments.

 

First let me say Merry Christmas to the community!

 

And now my winter update.

 

I've been very busy with the decals trying to respect the original subject at the limits of my patience and skills!

 

Here You are some shots:

 

 

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Much of the job is done.

The areas where decals are still missing are nose section and wing undersurfaces (partially).

 

Much of the stencils are cut out from a laser printed medium grey plain decal sheet (and just a few from a white one).

If You have some close up pictures of the 102 You'll see that stencils weren't pictured directly to the airframe but printed on vinyl stickers.

This means a super delicate extra work in 1/72.

 

I hope You'll enjoy!

 

And I hope I can find some extra time to go on with this durning my brif winter holidays.

 

Bye

 

Giovanni

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On 12/26/2021 at 2:55 PM, ST0RM said:

Beautiful decaling work. All the stenciling and markings look great. And the decals are nice and sharp and in register. What solution did you use for them? You dont see any film. 

 

Hello Storm, thank You for leaving Your nice comment.

No particular tips for the decals, I just use to overcoat all the surfaces with Mr Color GX-100 gloss transparent before decalling. Then I use Mr sol and Mr set...

 

On 12/26/2021 at 6:50 PM, kurnass77 said:

Stunning job Giovanni, so clean and crisp,I'm jealous...

Cannot wait to see finished!

Merry Christmas mate and an Happy New Year!!!

 

Gianni

 

Hello Gianni, thank You very much for your appreciation. You shouldn't be jelous your modeling skills are evident in all your jobs!

 

Now I try to post my update since I encountered some server problems

 

Stay tuned

 

Giovanni

 

 

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Ok now here's the update.

 

I went decaling on and on...

 

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Got a little break by masking and painting the anti glare panels:

 

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And finally had my model ready for the oil panel highlightnig and here it is:

 

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Soon new updates

 

Giovanni

 

 

 

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41 minutes ago, Dutch said:

Gorgeous!  Beautiful work, Giovanni!

Thank You Dutch! I'm happy You're enjoying it!

 

Now some more news.

 

I started the panel lining from the bottom surfaces...

 

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Then I went on with fuselage...

 

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Giovanni

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Hello again!

 

and here's the situation tonight with all the paneling done (ok, I'll have to use some more oil here and there and fix something but I consider it almost done).

 

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Next stage will be reproducing some smoking effects and weathering (very light, the airplane was well maintained and pristine to attend at the WT competition).

 

Hope to conclude all soon.

 

Stay in touch

 

Giovanni

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Hello modelers,

 

today's update:

 

After a satin coat masks had been removed to reveal again the inside detail:

 

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The last picture is just a dry test I couldn't resist to see the aspect with the radome in place.

 

Tonight I starded highlightning the intakes detail with oils.

 

Still the smoke effects are missing on the whole model.

 

Stay tuned the model is nearly finished!

 

Giovanni

 

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On 2/18/2022 at 10:34 PM, Incaroad said:

Giovanni, that really looks sharp, can't wait to see it finished! 

 

On 2/19/2022 at 9:15 AM, kurnass77 said:

I love it Giovanni, especially the soft rendition of the panel lines, sometimes modeller have a tendency to do them with a too stark, dark color.

Simply perfect

 

Gianni

 

On 3/4/2022 at 2:35 PM, Dutch said:

Stunning!  I am jealous!

Thank You guys for leaving your nice comments and sorry if I'm always late with my replies!

 

I've found some time to go on with the project...and finally I got the exhaust painted.

I used the AK X-treme metal range as usual again the steel color and then washed all with the oils.

Here's the result:

 

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Hope you enjoy the result!

 

Bye

 

Giovanni

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Also the air intakes had the same oil wash to smooth down the excessive brightness and to improve the engravings:

 

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Bye

 

Giovanni

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On 4/5/2022 at 6:43 PM, Giovanni said:

Also the air intakes had the same oil wash to smooth down the excessive brightness and to improve the engravings:

 

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Bye

 

Giovanni

Giovanni,

 

After perusing the thread, I noticed you had offered resin detail parts on eBay for the kit from your masters? Any chance you might offer them for those that missed out? I'd like the full set if possible. Terrific build BTW!

Regards,

Chris the cabbie

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On 4/7/2022 at 5:58 AM, Chris the cabbie said:

Giovanni,

 

After perusing the thread, I noticed you had offered resin detail parts on eBay for the kit from your masters? Any chance you might offer them for those that missed out? I'd like the full set if possible. Terrific build BTW!

Regards,

Chris the cabbie

Hello Chris,

At the moment it's sold out no copies remaining but I'm considering to produce a new batch.

I have to produce new moulds first since some are no longer ok.

 

But first I'd like to finish this model.

 

Giovanni

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Hello mates,

 

after a pretty long silence here's my update!

 

Since all the subassemblies were ready I started to add them to the airframe.

 

I started from the optical sight that proved to be impossible to be placed unless the use of a pin.

So after same tests I drilled a little hole at the top of the windshield frame and another one on the sight and using a copper wire and cyano glue I got the desired joint.

 

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At this point I decided to go on with the undercarriage starting from the front one. No surprises here it went straightforward:

 

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Then I placed the main legs and arms and here again no surprises. I also dry tested the main wells as You can see in the following picture:

 

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When all was dried I finally placed the airplane on its legs and at this point got the impression it was too tall on the back!

Since the front gear was already sealed with cyano glue at this point the only way to correct the wrong attitude was to work on the main legs.

About 2 mm were the desired target.

 

Idecided to drill the pin points inside of the wings so that the legs would be attached directly to the bottom of the wells.

This saved 1,5 mm more or less and the remaining was gained acting on the tyres.

 

Naturally also the main wells and the wing pylons (already painted!) had to be shortened to maintain the correct proportions.

 

So the easiest recipe for correcting the wrong angle for your model is to add 1,5mm to the front leg and leave the main legs as they are!

 

Anyway in the end I got the desired "alpha angle" as You can appreciate frome the following picture:

 

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So I could went on with the assembly.

I decided to modify the arms that connects the main wells to the legs:

 

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I also decided to add the missing retracting cylinders and some minor shafts.

The landing lights and wells arms were glued on a different position following my reference photos instead of the kit instructions.

 

At the end of the assembly this was the situation:

 

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Also the front gear got its well:

 

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I also added the barrier probe red leverage:

 

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